News and Programs 3.18.21
Addressing Anti-Asian Violence in Context and Community
Addressing Anti-Asian Violence in Context and Community
TONIGHT: Thursday, March 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET, Zoom
In light of recent events, we are offering a student-focused program addressing the surge of anti-Asian violence on both a national and local level. We welcome individuals of Asian descent to join us tomorrow, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. ET for a time of connection to learn more about the wider historical context of anti-Asian violence, meaning-making during this time of pain, and self-care practices we can use to sustain ourselves and our communities. 
The discussion will be facilitated by Melissa Paa Redwood (Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement), Dr. Chris Suh (Department of History), Dr. Jane Yang (Counseling and Psychological Services), the Venerable Priya Sraman (Office of Spiritual and Religious Life), and Alia Azmat (Counseling and Psychological Services).  
To join the meeting, enter the Zoom ID: 924 7516 6678.
SAWC Meditation Session
Meditation Session with Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya
Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
The South Asian Women's Collective (SAWC) was created for Emory students seeking to create positive change in their communities and connect with like-minded, South Asian women. This Tuesday, we are joined by Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya for a meditation session. All are welcome to join us for a moment of pause and reflection. To connect to our Zoom space, enter the meeting ID (835 7306 3682) and passcode (SAWC).
New Emory chaplains appointed to serve university’s religious diversity
Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist chaplains have joined the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, and Muslim and Christian chaplains are also being hired. Meet the new chaplains and learn about their faith journeys.
Emory News Center: New Emory chaplains appointed to serve university’s religious diversity
For many years, Emory students have been blessed with strong academic resources for their questions about religion and philosophy. Now they have chaplains as spiritual resources for growing in their diverse faith traditions as well.

Three chaplains—representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish faith traditions —have joined the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life to support Emory’s religious and philosophical diversity.
Muslim and Christian chaplains are also being hired, and the five will build upon Emory’s strong resources for Christian life at the Candler School of Theology and Glenn Memorial Church to serve Emory’s increasingly diverse and globalized student, faculty and staff populations. Current demographics show Emory’s religious diversity continuing to grow, including a large number of students who do not identify with any one religious tradition.
“Offering support for spiritual life that reflects and represents Emory’s religious composition today is an important part of our diversity and justice work, and it is also connected with our educational mission, including in the spiritual realms of the arts, music and poetry,” says the Rev. Greg McGonigle, Emory’s university chaplain and dean of religious life. “Students, faculty and staff have all said how important it is for them to feel ‘seen’ and to have the supports they need for their identities and communities and to be able to really thrive here.”
Read the full article from Emory News Center here.
Replanting Emory's Living Mandala Garden
Help to Replant the Living Mandala Garden
March 2021 
Join the Emory Buddhist Chaplaincy in replanting the Living Mandala Garden in front of Cannon Chapel. If you are looking to spend time in nature, taking care of plants and flowers, and for spiritual community, come join us. We will replant the Living Mandala Garden and share reflections on spiritual practices in connection with nature. All are welcome. 
Please register here: Specific date, time, and other details will be emailed to registrants when finalized. 
Sponsored by OSRL. For questions, please contact Emory Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Sraman at
Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration
Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program August 2021:
Apply to be a Peer Mentor
Application Deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021
Emory University OSRL and student leaders are planning an interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students for mid-August 2021. This program will provide participants with an introduction to spiritual and interfaith life at Emory and in Atlanta. It will also welcome new students to Emory and ease their transition to college.
We seek Peer Mentors from diverse religious, philosophical, and spiritual backgrounds. Peer Mentors would return to campus early and lead incoming students through the program. Learn more about the program and Peer Mentor position at the video above or at our website here
For questions, please contact Zachary Cole.  
Apply Here
Save the Date: Emory Day of Giving with OSRL
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Emory Spiritual and Religious Life nurtures a diverse religious life program that supports particular faith traditions and interfaith engagement, educates about spirituality and ethics in society and the world, and builds bridges of understanding and peace. 
When you make a gift to Emory OSRL, you are strengthening our community and enhancing spiritual life on campus and in the many communities we serve. On Emory Day of Giving, we are highlighting these giving opportunities:
  • Gifts to Center for Religious Life support the design, construction, and programming of the proposed Emory Interfaith Center.
  • Gifts to the Journeys of Reconciliation Endowment fund support an interfaith travel program for students, faculty, and staff to learn about social justice issues in the world.
  • Gifts to the Inter-Religious Council support weekly gatherings of 25 representatives of undergraduate Atlanta-campus spiritual organizations for interfaith dialogue and leadership.
  • You can also designate your support for University Worship (Christian), Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, or Muslim Life programs.
Save the date on your calendar and make a gift on Emory's Day of Giving, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 
Make a Gift Here
Passover 2021
Religious Holiday Learning Series: Passover Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, March 24, 12:30-1:00 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
Join Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Emory Jewish Chaplain, Paul Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics, Nancy Newman, Director of the Section of Neuro-Opthamology, and Rebecca Noymer, President of Jewish Emory Graduate Students, for a discussion on the upcoming Jewish Holiday of Passover. 
Register here
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Government Association and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
Seder 101: Everything You Need to Know
Thursday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. EST, Virtual
Are you hosting your own seder for the first time or looking to make your Passover a bit more exciting and meaningful? Please join Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Emory’s Jewish chaplain, and Taylor Baruch, Senior Jewish Educator at Hillels of Georgia, for an interactive, discussion-based workshop with best practices and pro-tips for an exciting Pesach. All are welcome.
Register here

Passover Passover
Chabad and Hillel Passover Meals
Chabad and Hillel are teaming up to offer you kosher lunch and dinner during Passover. Sign up for Hillel lunch on the Hillel Hive. Sign up for Chab ad Dinner by texting "events" to 404-999-7787. 
Passover Schedule 2021
Register on the Hillel Hive for seder meals and lunches. 

Ramadan 2021: Sign up for Suhoor and Iftar Meals
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Emory Dining are pleased to provide suhoor and iftar meals for students currently living on Clairmont Campus or Main Campus and observing Ramadan (April 12-May 12, 2021).
Iftar and suhoor (for the following morning) meals can be picked up at a time that will be announced by Thursday, April 1, 2021. Please complete the form below by Thursday, April 1, 2021 to request meals. Meal pick up location will be by area of residence: Main Campus at DCT,  Clairmont Campus at SAAC. 
To sign up, please click here. For questions or support, please contact Dr. Isam Vaid by clicking here or the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life by clicking here.
Sign Up for Suhoor and Iftar Meals Here
Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 | Emory University Commencement
Save the Date and Call for Contributions: Online Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021
Ceremony Release: Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:30-5:00 p.m. EST, Link TBD
Each year, we look forward to celebrating graduating seniors and sending them into the world with blessings in the Multifaith Baccalaureate Ceremony. Again this year this will be a video tribute, but last year's was a cherised production that brought together Emory deans, chaplains, affiliates, faculty, staff, and seniors to create a video celebration and keepsake.
Opportunity to Get Involved: If you are a graduating senior who would like to help plan the 2021 Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 or contribute original music, poetry, readings, dance, art or spiritual blessings and reflections, please contact Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig at You can also submit ideas here
Check the OSRL website soon for a full schedule of Emory Commencement events. 
Beloved Community Protestant Worship | OSRL
Emory Beloved Community is a progressive ecumenical Protestant worship service for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year online.

The Rev. Sarah Hooker, Ukrik Atl. Affiliate
The Rev. Sarah Hooker,
UKirk Atlanta Affiliate
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here.
Preacher: The Rev. Sarah Hooker
Scripture: Luke 18:31-19:10
Sermon: Divergence and Disruption
Sarah is currently serving as the Presbyterian Campus Minister for UKirk Atlanta which includes the ministries at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and Georgia State University.
Originally from Minnesota, Sarah attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. After college she ministered in Kenya for a year as a Young Adult Volunteer with the PC(USA). Upon her return, Sarah attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, graduating with her Master of Divinity. 
Sarah has served as a Chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA working with oncology and stem-cell transplant patients. Sarah was also a Solo Pastor for four years in the beautiful Catskill mountains in Delhi, NY. In addition to her pastoral work, Sarah serves on the board of Young Clergy Women International.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Sarah enjoys playing superheros and all things Star Wars with her seven year old. She also enjoys reading science fiction and YA literature, cooking and eating all kinds of food (the stranger the better), gardening, and long road trips. She also sings in the Emory Community Choir. She is married to Rev. Christopher Hooker and mother to Eli.
All are welcome to join us for Beloved Community here. In addition, if you missed our service last week, the video recording can be viewed below.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
A Different Lens - Video Recording 3.14.21
The Rev. Brent Huckaby, Associate Pastor, Glenn Memorial UMC Affiliate
Holy Week 2021
Emory Beloved Community Holy Week 2021 
  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Zoom 
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
All are welcome. Register for services here
For more information, please email
Weekly Community and Reflection | OSRL
Weekly Community and Reflection with Venerable Priya
Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Venerable Priya, Emory Buddhist Chaplain, and other participants for a time of community and reflection together.
The purpose of this time is to connect and relax with each other as we share our reflections on our favorite poems, texts, and experiences that are meaningful, whether spiritually or not. There will be pre-selected topics/texts for reflection. We also encourage you to bring a poem or text that is meaningful to you, but that is not required.
All students are welcome. To register, please click here. For more information, please contact
Click Here to Register
Mid-Week Music - 3.17.21
Midweek Musical Meditation, Women's Heritage Month -- Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Midweek Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during term, 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST, Zoom and Facebook Live
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others in our community.
Visit to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. For more information contact
Click Here to Register
Eagle Food Co-Op Spring Semester Donations  
Please bring your spring semester donations to Bread Coffeehouse located at 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, 30307. Email for more information.
Celebration of Life for Dave Zhang 22Ox
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EDT, via Zoom
A campus celebration of life planned by students, faculty, and staff connected with Dave Zhang 22Ox will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom. Limited space for in-person viewing (masked and physically distanced) is available on the Oxford campus. Members of the Emory University community are welcome. For questions, please contact Oxford College chaplain Lyn Pace at
Upcoming Programs
Being Oranges
Thursday, March 18, 6:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Agnes Scott Hillel for “Being Oranges": A Panel on Female Jewish Leadership in honor of Women’s History Month. Featured panelists: 
  • Taylor Baruchel, Hillels of Georgia
  • Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Congregation Kol Ami
  • Sarah Gaies, Tampa General Hospital
  • Rabbi Lauren Filson Lapidus, The Temple
  • Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple
  • Debra Shaffer Seeman, Prizmah
  • Rabbi Miriam Udel, Emory University
Reformed University Fellowship: A Night of Lament
Thursday, March 18, 8:00 p.m., Eastern, Zoom
Join RUF for a night of lament over the murders of Asian Women in Atlanta. Standing with the Asian community in Georgia. For more information, and for the zoom link, please click here
Emory InterVarsity Chapter at Lullwater Park           Saturday, March 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.                                                                Deadline to Sign Up: Thursday, March 18
Join in opportunities for outdoor activities. For more details click here to sign up.

Guided Meditation and Discussion
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Register for Zoom meeting here.
This week, Emory Buddhist Club welcomes back Geshe Dadul Namgyal. Geshe Dadul-la is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who serves on the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. He is an exceptional scholar and translator of Tibetan Buddhism, with years of experience in communicating the Dharma at all levels. During the meeting on Thursday, Geshe-la plans to discuss the several chapters of the Dhammapada, centered around the topic of "the mind". He will also guide a meditation and lead the recitation of "Homage to the Shakyamuni Buddha." A translation of the Dhammapada can be found by clicking here
Bhagavad Gita Book Club & Discussion Meeting 3
Thursday, March 18, 8:30 p.m., Zoom
Please join the Hindu Students Association (HSA) this evening at 8:30 p.m. for a Bhagavad Gita book club and discussion. There is no prior experience or reading required- we look forward to seeing you there.
Click here to access the Zoom meeting, or enter the meeting ID: 918 1161 1559.
Hindu Students Association Weekly Aarti
Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Zoom 
Join the Hindu Students Association (HSA) this Friday at 5:00 p.m. for a virtual meditation and Aarti facilitated the Emory HSA and Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. We are excited to announce that the Aarti will be offered weekly. This week, Aarti will be followed by a group discussion led by the HSA discussion chairs. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the Zoom link.
Aarti is a form of worship in which a lamp, typically an oil lamp, is circled around a symbol, image, or deity while singing prayers of veneration. The various icons towards which the Aarti is performed hold unique significance across different Hindu traditions, although the atmosphere of joy and upliftment is common to all. Whether performed alone in one’s home or in a communal setting like a temple, Aarti is a ritual by which Hindus connect devotionally to their spiritual and religious principles.
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found on their Facebook page.
Wellness Yoga
Sunday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Emory Hillel
Come join Emory Hillel for a fun and relaxing yoga experience. Bring your friends, your yoga mat/towel, and an appetite. After yoga, there is a crepe bar at 1:00 p.m. from the Russian Club. Looking forward to seeing you there, keep an eye out for Avery Verona's killer yoga skills. Sponsored by Emory Hillel. 
Light blue flyer of schedule for Tibet Week 2021
Virtual Emory-Tibet Week 2021
March 21-27, Zoom
Celebrating 23 years of academic collaboration between Emory University and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Compassion Center is excited to virtually host the annual Emory-Tibet Week.
We will kick off with a day-long film festival on Sunday, March 21 followed by a week of a live mandala exhibition, and daily meditations and chants with the Drepung Loseling monks of the Mystical Arts of Tibet from March 22-27.
Please register here to receive the Zoom link for free. There are TWO zoom link registrations, one is for the Tibetan Film Festival on Sunday, and the other works for all the rest of the events.
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Virtual Film Festival — Tibet Week 2021
Sunday, March 21, 1:00-9:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics will host a virtual Tibet Week this year. The week will kick-off with a day-long virtual film festival featuring three spectacular films. Each film will be followed by a Q & A with the director. Register here to receive the Zoom link, which can be used at any time during the day.
  • 1:00-3:30 p.m. EST — Upper Story: On the Road to Well-Being, written and directed by Alessandra Pedrotti Catoni
  • 4:00-6:30 p.m. EST — The Dalai Lama: Scientist, written and directed by Dawn Engle
  • 7:00-9:30 p.m. EST — Bringing Tibet Home, written and directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here. Find more Lenten Faith resources here
  • Lenten Rosary
    Mondays in Lent, 6:45 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Add a little prayer to your Lenten journey by joining us on Mondays to pray the rosary. To register, please click here
  • Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians
    Mondays in Lent, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a 4-week theology discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. Our topic for the series is “How Catholics Read the Bible”. Optional readings can be found by clicking here. To register, please click here.
  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Looking for something fun to do or need a break from your studies? Come hang out and play games with us. Jackbox, Among Us, and other video games, card games, board games, and trivia - you name it, we'll play it. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
  • Catholic Chat
    Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Do you have questions about the Church? Are you puzzled by Church teachings? Do you want to think aloud, and with others, in a comfortable informal setting that encourages participation and exchange? Join us for open-minded, in-depth conversations about Catholicism. To register, please click here.
  • Beyond Pro-Life/Pro-Choice: Catholic Perspectives on Life Issues
    Thursday, March 18, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Zoom
    This talk will investigate the identifiers "pro-life" and "pro-choice," asking what these terms mean, and whether they are adequate for the task at hand. Dr. Reimer-Barry will explain authoritative Catholic teachings on "life issues," with a special though not exclusive focus on abortion. Drawing on the Catholic intellectual tradition, feminist and womanist authors, and particular case studies, Dr. Reimer-Barry will highlight the need for an approach to life issues that avoids overly simplistic binaries in favor of a model of accompaniment through messy discernments, recognition of ambiguity, and social justice approaches rooted in the common good. Register by clicking here or watch the recording when it's available by clicking here.
  • Fellowship Adoration Night
    Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, University Catholic Center or Zoom
    The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led Bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives. Join us on the University Catholic Center back deck or on Zoom every Friday during the school year. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
United Methodist Seminary Fair
Thursday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. ET, Zoom
Thinking about going to a United Methodist seminary? Check out our free United Methodist Seminary Fair with the 13 United Methodist theological schools.
Your questions about the application process will be answered and you will have plenty of time to connect with the specific schools that you are most drawn to. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will also be present to discuss scholarships and funding for your degree. Don’t miss this opportunity.
Register for the event by clicking here, and email if you have questions.
Anti-Asian Racism and Christian Responses
Friday, March 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Zoom
The Asian/American community at Candler School of Theology and Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion invites you to join a conversation with theological educators and a local lawyer and community leader.
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan and Dr. Roger Nam have organized a session for the Candler community on "Anti-Asian Racism and Christian Responses." Three panelists will present: Dr. David Cho, Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX, Helen Kim Cho, Founding Partner of HKH Law LLC and founder of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, and Dr. Roger S. Nam, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Candler School of Theology. Dr. Kwok will moderate.
We hope that you will join us. Please register by March 24 at this link.
SKY Campus Happiness Retreat
March 26-28, 2021
Welcome to the SKY Campus Happiness Retreat.
The Retreat has been offered to thousands of student leaders and faculty at more than 40 universities across the country. You will gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathing practice, develop strategies for social connection, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. Taught over the weekend, the SKY Campus Happiness Retreat introduces the SKY Breath meditation, a scientifically validated breathing practice that significantly increases one's well-being and calmness and reduces anxiety and stress markers.
To learn more, click here or email us at
Sacred Work: Science, Religion and Human Health
Wednesday, March 31, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
There is a great convergence of disciplines in health science taking place in the world today. Human values are moving to the forefront of what constitutes for health of person and community. Vocations in spiritual health and religious care are turning to the importance of scientific preparation while health scientists are incorporating sacred underpinnings to discover and be present to whole person and population health. Emory University invites you to hear from two of our most accomplished scholars, Dr. Ellen L. Idler and the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey, who will address current and future movements of these elements. Dr. George H. Grant and Dr. Charles Raison will moderate.
This is a free event that will be recorded. To learn more about our speakers and register click here.
Lamentations of Jeremiah with Glenn Memorial Church
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., EST
Commonly found as a reading during the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday, the book of Lamentations grieves over the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE.
In this pre-recorded concert, join men from the Chancel Choir and special guests in Thomas Tallis’ settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. This beautifully meditative piece from Renaissance England evokes the poets feeling of God deserting God's people - as we find in many psalms and other poems in Scripture. Recorded from the beautiful Glenn Sanctuary, surround yourself in the beauty of holiness as we prepare to experience Christ’s death and ultimate resurrection.
Join online with Facebook Live.
International Student Coffee Hour
Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
International Coffee Hour is a longstanding community-building tradition at Emory where international students and scholars can meet each other over a meal or drink, learn about resources, and network.
Coffee hour will be virtual this year, and we are excited to still offer this as a time to pause and relax as a community, connect with one another, and learn about the many resources available for internationals at Emory. Feel free to drop in with any questions, concerns, just to connect with other students, scholars, and staff.
To access the zoom meeting, click here.
Off Campus Programs
Celebrate Navroz: Celebrating New Beginnings
Sunday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
Celebrate (virtually) Navroz, the Persian New Year, with music, dance, poetry, dessert making, and a children’s book reading with the Ismaili Muslim community and our partners. Join here

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta - Weekly Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches Weekly Church Action eNewsletter contains events, volunteer opportunities, and resources of interest to the faith community. We welcome submissions from the community. Past issues are here. Below are a few highlights from this week's edition:
  • The Gospel in the Wilderness: "Tips for Pandemic Preaching"
    Thursday, March 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST, Webinar
    A free webinar with resources for preachers, hosted by The CEEP Network. Join four gifted preachers for a conversation about what they have learned about the ministry of preaching during the pandemic; strategies for engaging congregations, themes that are especially compelling, ideas for Holy Week and Easter preaching, and much more. Register here.
  • March for Our Mental Health                                                                                              Thursday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., Virtual
    This week the Cathedral Bookstore “March for Our Mental Health” features Dean Kate Moorehead author of “Healed: How Mary Magdalene Was Made Well.”  All segments are free and virtual.  If you would like to order the book see Healed: How Mary Magdelene Was Made Well.  To participate click here.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday Manna Food Outreach
    Second and fourth Mondays of the month, March-April, 12:00-4:00 p.m. EST
    Ebenezer Baptist Church responds to food insecurities as their Outreach Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative provide free groceries on the following dates while supplies last: March 22, April 12, April 26. For more information email Rev. Bronson Elliott Woods by clicking here.
  • Big Bethel AME Church Food Distribution
    Every Second and Fourth Thursday, 1:00 p.m.
    There will be food distribution from Interfaith Collab, Baha’is of Atlanta, and Big Bethel AME Church, every second and fourth Thursday at Big Bethel AME Church.
Preparing Our Hearts for Passover & Easter
Friday, March 19, 9:00-11:45 a.m., Zoom
On behalf of the Miller Center team,  you are invited to share in our annual “Preparing Our Hearts for Passover & Easter” event, now in its fourth year.
This event is organized in partnership with our colleagues at Boston University School of Theology and Boston College School of Theology & Ministry. This is the second year we have held this event online due to the pandemic, which gives us the opportunity to invite more people to participate. It is completely free and you are welcome to join for any or all of the morning. 
Registration is required using this link.
Guo Gu's Young Adult Stress Reduction Workshop
Sunday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
This Sunday, Buddhist teacher Guo Gu leads a Young Adult Stress Reduction Workshop for those aged 15-35. This workshop is held online through Zoom.
You will learn Buddhist principles on how to destress and work with problems in life with progressive relaxation, learn how to ground in meditation, and gentle yogic stretches.
For more information and registration, click here.
UMC GBHEM: Rick Steves in "Travel as a Spiritual Act" 
Tuesday, March 23, 8:00 p.m., CT
In an exclusive conversation open to clergy and the public, renowned travel expert and author Rick Steves will join the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM for a live discussion on “Travel as a Spiritual Act.” Led by GBHEM Executive Director, Rev. Tamara K Gieselman.
To register, please click here
Partner Programs
Womens History Month
Happy Women’s History Month
Join the Center for Women throughout March and follow us to keep updated on various events and celebrations happening on campus (virtual unless otherwise noted). For more information, please click here. #womenshistorymonth #emorywhm #emorycwe.
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COVID-19 One Year Remembrance and Reflection
Friday, March 19, 10:00-10:15 a.m., Orr Building Courtyard
To honor the care teams' commitment to caring for our community and to remember the lives lost over the last year, Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) will host a COVID-19 Remembrance and Reflection ceremony in front of the Orr Building at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.
The Spiritual Health team will help lead us through the ceremony and we expect that it will last approximately 10-15 minutes.
Please join us if you are able. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series: Joy Harjo
Saturday, March 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Virtual
Current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet laureate, will read her poems at an event hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University on Saturday.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this annual spring poetry reading, normally a large in-person event, will be held online. After registering at this link, attendees will receive a viewing link prior to the event. Attendance is free.
Harjo’s visit is hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and sponsored by the Hightower Fund, with support from the Emory Libraries, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
Creative Futures: Redesigning Black Lives in a Post-Pandemic World
Monday, March 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Zoom
COVID-19 laid bare the profound role of systemic racism in the economic and health disparities that shape the lives of African Americans. Whether it was mass unemployment, precarious "essential work," high death rates, or soaring symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders the pandemic accelerates the crisis state of Black America.
Registration is required. To register and receive the Zoom link, please click here. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Rhonda Patrick (JWJI) at or 404-727-5960 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.
This event is sponsored by the James Weldon Johnson Institute along with co-sponsor Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Mellon Humanities Pathways Presents: Alumni Connections Panel
Monday, March 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Learn from Religion department alums about how their studies in the humanities at Emory led to a variety of exciting and fulfilling career pursuits. We are grateful to be joined by Saayli Kokitkar 19C, a Tribal Nation Disease Intervention Specialist at the CDC Foundation, Blake Mayes 14C, a consultant at Bain & Company, and Jaclyn Miller-Barbarow 06C, the Director of Giving at EVkids, for this event.
This panel is presented by the Mellon Humanities Pathways initiative at Emory. Registration through this link is required to attend. Once registered, you will be given a unique Zoom link to use to access the event. Please contact Sophia Leonard Falvey at with questions or for more information.
A Conversation with Billie Jean King
Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. ET, Zoom
Join Emory Athletics in a conversation with Billie Jean King on inclusive leadership, social justice, and pursuing excellence.
Billie Jean King is an advocate for gender equality & has long been a pioneer for social justice. King has been named one of the Times Persons of the Year, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, & was the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. King founded the Women's Sports Foundation & the Women's Tennis Association.
Please note that you must be an Emory University student, faculty, staff, or alumni to attend. Scan the QR code on the flyer or click here to register. Thank you.
Opportunities and Resources
Scholarships for Methodist Students Attending Emory University
Application Deadline: March 19
It’s easy to apply. Eligible applicants must:
1) have been a member of a Georgia Methodist church for a year and 
2) be a full-time student at a Methodist-related college, university or seminary (like Emory University).
Please click the following link for more information about the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarship. The application process is starting soon, so please begin by letting your church know and by asking them for their part of the scholarship. Learn more here
Boozer-Noether Internships in Social Ethics and Community Service
Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021
Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1, 2021
The Jack Boozer Fund and the Hermann and Janet Noether Funds are designed to allow students in Emory College participate in internships, individually designed projects, and service-learning programs in social ethics and community service.
The Jack Boozer Fund honors a beloved and distinguished Emory colleague, Jack Boozer (1918-1989). The Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religion, Boozer taught at Emory for 36 years and was the recipient of numerous teaching awards. In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, Jack Boozer advocated aggressively for Emory’s emergence as an ethical and academic leader. His was a powerful voice in support of racial integration, the performing arts, holocaust studies, neighborhood justice, and women’s and minority rights. For these efforts, Professor Boozer received Emory University highest honor, the Jefferson Award in 1981.
The Hermann And Janet Noether Fund was established by the family of Mr. Hermann Noether in order to honor his life of ethics and service.  Mr. Noether came from a prominent family of German Jewish businessmen. Despite the family’s centuries’ long residence in Germany, Mr. Noether was forced to flee from the Nazi regime. He initially found refuge in China and later, following the Communist takeover of the mainland, in Taiwan,. Throughout his life, Mr. Noether manifested strong ethical commitments and firmly believed that service to others was an integral part of one’s deepest human identity.  His family proudly set up the Fund in his memory and that of his wife.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1, 2021. Learn more about the application here
Personal Prayer Spaces on Campus - Spring 2021
Communal religious practices are happening virtually or off-campus this semester. Cannon Chapel, the university chapel on the Quad, is closed for communal spiritual gatherings. However, there are small prayer spaces around campus that are available for individual prayer and meditation. To see a list of those spaces, please click here or below. 
For questions, please contact
Weekly Gatherings
Weekly Religious and Philosophical Gatherings
While this is a year unlike any other, there are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here
Can't find what you are looking for? Check out our Fall 2020 Orientation page with videos and contact information for many of our religious and philosophical organizations. You can also directly contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff.
For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email
Upcoming Religious Holidays and Festivals
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here.
Nineteen Day Fast
Ongoing through March 19
Tradition: Baha'i
A designated 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahá’í New Year. The fast is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the new year ahead.
Great Lent
Ongoing through April 30
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
In Orthodox churches, the first day of Lent marks the beginning of the Great Fast, the final six weeks of a 10-week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter (Pascha). In the churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, Lent is a six-week observance (40 days excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week. It is a time of repentance and sacrifice in preparation for Easter.
Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem
Ongoing through March 20
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of human beings and honors the souls of the deceased.
Friday, March 19
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
Vernal Equinox, celebrating the equivalence of light and dark and the arrival of Spring.
Naw Ruz
March 19-20 or Sunday, March 21
Tradition: Baha'i/Zoroastrianism
The seventh greatest festival, "New Day" is the first day of the Zoroastrian/Persian and Baha'i New Year. It falls on the spring equinox and symbolizes the renewal of the world after the winter. For Zoroastrians, Naw Ruz also celebrates the creation of fire that is symbolic of Asha, or righteousness. It is also the day on which Zarathustra received his revelation.
Birthday of Prophet Zarathustra (Khordad Sal)
Friday, March 26
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
The anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Zoroastrian faith.
Laylat al-Bara'ah
Saturday, March 27
Tradition: Islam
Begins at sundown.
(Night of Repentance)
On this night, God approaches the Earth to call humanity and to grant forgiveness of sins. Observed on the 14th day of the lunar month of Sha'ban.
Passover (Pesach)
Saturday, March 27-April 4
Tradition: Judaism
Commemorates the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home, starting with the Seder, a ritual meal that re-enacts that ancient deliverance and emphasizes the freedom of the Jews under the guidance of God. The first two and the last two days are holidays. Begins at sundown, March 29; ends at sundown, April 7.
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